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Women arrested for attempting to pass phony money

Women arrested for attempting to pass phony money

Author: Action News 17/Friday, April 5, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime

From the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office:
UPDATE: Kayla Elizabeth Johnson, 38, and LeDonna E. Coleman, 48, have been arrested. Bond has not been set as of Friday afternoon.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained felony arrest warrants for two Kentwood women after the pair attempted to defraud Washington Parish businesses with counterfeit $100 bills.

On March 26, a woman went to a food and grocery establishment in Mt. Hermon and attempted to purchase several items with a counterfeit $100 bill. The clerk refused the fake money, after which the woman left the store and entered a vehicle driven by another woman. Store surveillance cameras provided images of the female in the store.

Shortly afterwards, the two women drove to a nearby Dollar General store where one of them purchased items with the counterfeit money, receiving change in the process. The clerk then noticed the bill was fake and followed the woman to her vehicle, advising her to return the merchandise and the change she had received. At that time, the female customer advised the female driver of the vehicle to drive away. The clerk was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle in which the women were traveling.

With the assistance of detectives in Tangipahoa Parish along with information posted on Facebook pages, the two women have been identified as LeDonna E. Coleman, 48, and Kayla Elizabeth Johnson, 38, both residents of Kentwood, Louisiana. Washington Parish detectives obtained felony arrest warrants for the two women and are attempting to locate and arrest them on charges of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse.

“Help us find these two women,” stated Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “If you know their location, please call our office at (985) 839-3434. You may remain anonymous.”

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